Concepts in Thermal Physics by Stephen J. Blundell

Concepts in Thermal Physics

byStephen J. Blundell, Katherine M. Blundell

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An understanding of thermal physics is crucial to much of modern physics, chemistry and engineering. This book provides a modern introduction to the main principles that are foundational to thermal physics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. The key concepts are carefully presented ina clear way, and new ideas are illustrated with copious worked examples as well as a description of the historical background to their discovery. Applications are presented to subjects as diverse as stellar astrophysics, information and communication theory, condensed matter physics and climatechange. Each chapter concludes with detailed exercises.The second edition of this popular textbook maintains the structure and lively style of the first edition but extends its coverage of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics to include several new topics, including osmosis, diffusion problems, Bayes theorem, radiative transfer, the Ising model andMonte Carlo methods. New examples and exercises have been added throughout.

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Stephen Blundell did his undergraduate degree in Physics and Theoretical Physics at Peterhouse, Cambridge and his Ph. D. in the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge. He moved to the Clarendon Laboratory at Oxford to take up an SERC research fellowship, followed by a Junior Research Fellowship at Merton College, where he began research i...
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Title:Concepts in Thermal PhysicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:516 pagesPublished:November 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199562105

ISBN - 13:9780199562107

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Table of Contents

Part I: Preliminaries1. Introduction2. Heat3. Probability4. Temperature and the Boltzmann factorPart II: Kinetic Theory of Gases5. The Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution6. Pressure7. Molecular effusion8. The mean free path and collisionsPart III: Transport and Thermal Diffusion9. Transport properties in gases10. The thermal diffusion equationPart IV: The First Law11. Energy12. Isothermal and adiobatic processesPart V: The Second Law13. Heat engines and the second law14. Entropy15. Information theoryPart VI: Termodynamics in Action16. Thermodynamic potentials17. Rods, bubbles and magnets18. The third lawPart VII: Statistical Mechanics19. Equipartition of energy20. The partition function21. Statistical mechanics of an ideal gas22. The chemical potential23. Photons24. PhononsPart VIII: Beyond the Ideal Gas25. Relativistic gases26. Real gases27. Cooling real gases28. Phase transitions29. Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac distributions30. Quantum gases and condensatesPart IX: Special Topics31. Sound waves32. Shock waves33. Brownian motion and fluctuations34. Non-equilibrium thermodynamics35. Stars36. Compact objects37. Earth's atmosphere

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"...elementary and admirably clear expositions of a wide range of subjects not often found in introductory texts... many coming to the subject for the first time will want to consult this book." --Contemporary Physics